Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton became the first major league player in nearly a decade to hit four home runs in a game. Hamilton slugged four dingers and drove in eight runs en route to a 10-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Hamilton leads the majors with 14 home runs and 36 RBI and as of this writing is tied with Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a Ted Williams like .406 batting average.
Hamilton becomes only the 16th big leaguer to hit four home runs in a game. Some of the others on the list are Hall of Famers such as Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt while others like Pat Seerey and Mark Whiten had far less distinguished careers. But they accomplished the feat just the same and now Hamilton joins a fraternity with a smaller membership than those who have pitched a perfect game.